Last update 19 September 2023Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of Angola
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in the Republic of Angola. Bulgarian citizens residing in the country on a short or long-term basis may address consular matters to the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Address: 1071 Church street, 0083 Hatfield, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Telephone: +27 12 342 37 20; +27 12 342 79 41
Fax: +27 12 342 37 21
Mobile: +27 79 893 7336 — hotline for emergencies and urgent cases during out-of-hours, holidays and weekends.
Working hours: Mon – Fri, 09:00 – 12:00
E-mail: [email protected]
The Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Belgrade is accredited to the Republic of Bulgaria.
Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
Address: Krupanjska 21, Dedinje, 11040 Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
Telephone: +381 11 26 66 457; +381 11 36 72 150
Fax: +381 11 26 60 729
Consular Office: Mon – Fri, 10:00 – 13:00
E-mail: [email protected]
Although the civil war in Angola ended in early 2002, the situation in many parts of the country remains precarious. The danger of unexploded mines still exists. It is therefore recommended not to travel outside the capital Luanda. Where necessary, travel should be in convoy (at least two vehicles) and must be accompanied by local escorts.
Foreigners should exercise the utmost vigilance for their own safety, including in the capital. Attacks are also carried out during the day. The most frequent target of thefts are mobile phones.
Due to ongoing conflicts between paramilitary groups, travel to the Cabinda province is not recommended.
Service in the hospitals does not meet the European standards. With the exception of the capital, Luanda, and some larger towns, the level of medical care is very poor and almost non-existent in remote areas. Better services are offered by the few private clinics that are expensive. There are a large number of AIDS cases registered.
For up-to-date information on mandatory and/or recommended vaccines you may contact the Regional Health Inspectorates in the country.
For greater security, it is recommended that foreigners visiting the country stay at reputable hotels such as the Alvarade Hotel, Tropico Hotel and President Meridien Hotel. Particular caution is advised when consuming fresh fruit and vegetables. Water should be boiled or bought bottled.
Specifics of the local legislation:
It is forbidden to photograph military and strategically important sites, as well as state institutions. Homosexuality is prohibited.
From Angola you can import and export an amount of up to USD 15,000 without a document.
During the rainy season (November—April), water levels on roads and bridges may rise sharply.
Travelling by public transport poses certain risks for foreigners in the country. The use of taxis is recommended, but it should be borne in mind that their fares are relatively high.
International driving licences are recognised.
Angolan Kwanza (New Kwanza — AON)
Only cash is accepted in banks. International credit cards are used only in large hotels and very rarely in some restaurants. Normal payments are made in local currency, but many restaurants and hotels also accept US dollars. The 100-dollar notes printed in 1996 and after can only be exchanged at banks. Particular care is advised when exchanging currency.
Travel papers and visas
You must enter the Republic of Angola with a regular international passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the country. As of 30 March 2018, all citizens of the European Union benefit from a fast-track procedure for issuing a tourist visa online, for which it is not necessary to visit the Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Serbia accredited to the Republic of Bulgaria.
You may apply for a visa on website: http://www.smevisa.gov.ao/
Information about the Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Serbia, accredited to the Republic of Bulgaria, can be found at: https://www.angolaembassy.org.rs/the-consulate/visa-informationshttps://www.angolaembassy.org.rs/the-consulate/visa-informations
European Emergency Travel Document:
In extreme situations - in case of damage, loss or theft of a passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at an Embassy of an EU Member State in Luanda.
Certifications and legalizations:
In order to be valid in the Republic of Bulgaria and to be able to serve before the Bulgarian institutions, all documents issued by the authorities in Angola to Bulgarian citizens must bear the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Angola. Then, they need to be certified by the Embassy of Angola in Belgrade. The signature and certifications of the Embassy of Angola in Belgrade are certified by the Consular Office of the Embassy of Bulgaria in Belgrade. Once the documents have been so prepared, they must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized company in Bulgaria and certified by the Department of Certifications and Legalizations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.